LA RIOTS are Daniel Ledisko and Jon Pegnato, good friends of MSTRKRFT and the late, great DJ AM. Their remixes of NASA, Crystal Castles and The Ting Tings are some of the most recognizable remixes played.
Make sure you check out the duo live when they hit We The People Festival on November 21 and at Hudson (San Bernadino, CA) on November 28.
– Nicholas Palumbo
Local Natives Homecoming at El Rey
Silverlake never ceases to birth great acts: Five-piece band Local Natives performed last Monday with Glass Ghost and White Rabbits for a full audience at the El Rey. All members wearing pointed-toe shoes and bearing quasi-ironic mustaches delivered a set of 10 songs.
The combination of shout anthems and vocalist Ryan Hahn’s resemblance to Freddy Mercury was enough to keep the crowd going an hour, but it was "Sun Hands" as a finale that won over old fans and created scores of new ones. -Marla Bahloul (Photography by Jennifer Ruidera of Downtown Lobby)
Pizza! at Spaceland
Freak pop outfit Pizza! (formerly known as The New Motherfuckers) graced the stage at Silverlake’s Spaceland Sunday evening.
Looking like a possessed robot all night, singer Geoff Geis’s vocals were a jittery mix of dance rock, ’80s pop and noise punk. It wasn’t quite apparent if Pizza! were trying to sound like they didn’t know what they wanted to play or just didn’t know what they wanted to play. They took a raw, homemade and basement bootleg approach to their set but somehow it worked. The crowd was dancing and seemed to love every awkward second of it. -Kimberly Brown